'08 Alumna Overcomes Personal Loss to Become Fulbright Award Recipient
Returning to Idaho State University as a newlywed in spring 2005, Autumn Gomez had to deal with her life's greatest challenge thus far.
Her husband, who was working to put her through school, was killed in a car accident during spring break.
"It was devastating to lose my husband," Gomez said, "but overcoming that tragedy is the motivation that has brought me to where I am today."
She credits her late husband, Carlos, with inspiring her to have high aspirations. After graduating from Pocatello High School in 1997, Autumn Gomez briefly attended Idaho State University, then served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina.
Autumn, a spring '08 graduate of Idaho State University, earned a Fulbright award to work this fall as an English teaching assistant in Andorra, a tiny country in the Pyrénées, a mountain range between Spain and France.
A double major in international studies and Spanish, she will begin her Fulbright duties in September.
"It is almost too good to be true," Gomez said. "But one thing is important to mention: this Fulbright is not only an honor for me, but also for my professors and Idaho State University."
Gomez, Idaho State University's fourth student Fulbright scholar in recent years, will teach English in Andorran secondary schools from Sept. 1 to June 30, 2009.
The Fulbright award provides a monthly stipend and travel expenses.